Here’s a look at the clinical research associate apprenticeship program announced by PPD on Thursday.


What is a clinical research associate?

CRAs play a vital role in meeting our commitment to our clients. They are responsible for:

  • Reviewing study case report forms (CRFs) completed by the investigative sites where clinical trials take place, and verifying entries by validating accurate source documentation to support CRF entries
  • Documenting site visits and issues in reports and follow-up letters to the site
  • Facilitating effective communications among investigative sites, the client and PPD
  • Responding to company, client and federal regulatory requirements/audits
  • Contributing to the project team by mentoring new members, assisting in preparation of project communications and tools, and sharing ideas and suggestions with team members

Why become a CRA apprentice?

  • Fast track your career. PPD’s apprenticeship program allows participants to learn the industry and their role in only 12 months
  • Join a global and innovative company within a growing industry
  • Embark on a challenging and rewarding career with unlimited capacity for upward mobility
  • Make an impact. PPD works hard every day to support our purpose — to improve health. At PPD we do that by helping our clients deliver life-changing therapies
  • Learn firsthand each part of the clinical team to better understand clinical trials
  • Join a diverse and inclusive culture with a focus on innovation and creativity
  • After completing CRA apprenticeship enjoy the benefits of working as a CRA with PPD
  • A comprehensive benefits package, as well as in-house wellness programs that support PPD’s commitment to the health and well-being of employees
  • Training and development doesn’t stop with the apprenticeship program. PPD offers numerous opportunities and has been recognized in the Training Top 125 list of businesses excelling in employee development
  • Flexibility to work in a remote-based capacity for most CRA positions
  • Career advancement opportunities to move into home-based manager positions, clinical team manager (oversee the clinical monitoring portion of the study, no direct reports) or CRA manager (supervises a team of direct-report CRAs)
  • Smartphone provided by PPD (or the ability to use your own iPhone or Android smartphone for business and personal use with a $100 monthly reimbursement)
  • Up to a $50 a month reimbursement for home-office internet
  • Corporate American Express card
  • Frequent flyer miles retained by the employee for personal use. After the first six months of employment, an airline club membership is provided to those that travel at least monthly
  • A travel program that rewards CRAs with additional days of time off or cash

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Source: PPD